In 1979, a steering committee of community leaders was formed to discuss the recreational needs of youth in the area. With support from the professional staff of the Richmond YMCA, the Winchester Area YMCA was born.
By 1981, more than 3,000 people were participating in Y programming and 400 were members.
In 1984, the Y received its certificate of incorporation in its new name as the Randolph County YMCA, Inc.
The grand opening of the current facility was held on October 28, 1989. The new facility included a gymnasium, walking track, aerobics room, fitness room, and multi-purpose room.
In 2001, the Y stepped up to meet the childcare crisis in the community and in 2002 opened the Chenoweth Childcare Ministry, located on 700 Browne St., Winchester, IN.
In 2009, the Y opened an afterschool childcare program for Randolph Southern Elementary in a facility donated by St. Vincent Randolph Hospital located on school grounds.
In June of 2013, the Y opened a new 12,100 square foot addition attached to the Y’s current facility. This addition includes a licensed childcare facility for 110 children, a new lobby, and a new administrative office area.
In 2014, the Y took operations of Camp Slingshot (aka Camp Yale), a leadership development camp, to ensure the Camp did not close and remained a viable part of Randolph County.
In 2017, the Y began 24/7 access for our members.